slow - definition and synonyms

 
verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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/sləʊ/
present tense
I/you/we/theyslow
he/she/itslows
present participleslowing
past tenseslowed
past participleslowed
  1. 1

    slow

    or

    slow down

    if you slow something, or if it slows, you reduce the speed at which it happens

    Drugs can slow the progress of the disease.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      if you slow someone or something, or if they slow, you reduce the speed at which they move

      An accident is slowing traffic on the M40.

      I ran for a while and then slowed to a walk.

      slow to a crawl/halt:

      Heavy fog forced drivers to slow to a crawl.

       Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    if you slow something, or if it slows, you reduce the level or amount of it

    Several factors combined to slow consumer spending last month.

phrasal verbs